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Metal framed wood table, will expansion be an issue?

I've got a good deal of wood scraps from other projects laying about and am thinking of making a colored epoxy table, something like this: Where the blocks are my scraps, the area between will be ...
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Should I “un-dry” wood for a while after oven drying?

I’ve been drying small green freshly milled boards in my kitchen oven (typical 1/2” x 3” x 12” quatersawn). It’s working well. However, I never really get repeatable readings out of my moisture meter ...
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Best way to cut a thin board that resists warping

I want to cut some boards to be used as the covers for a book. The boards would typically be about an eighth of an inch thick and book size in dimensions (the average book is 9" x 6"). What would be ...
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moisture after first layer of stain.. now what?

my question is about how to save my table!!! Im doing my first project. I sanded the table yesterday, applied pre-stain/ conditioner and then my first layer of stain. I went to check it to see if it ...
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Acceptable wood moisture content for epoxy?

I'm making some I-Beams with glued & screwed 2x4s. I just got my lumber home and it's fresh and green. What is an acceptable moisture content for System Three general purpose epoxy? If there's a ...
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What is the best finish for wood in a bathroom

I have nearly finished making a small table which will be placed in a bathroom. I am concerned about protecting the wood in a humid/damp environment. The bathroom can get quite humid while people are ...
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Sealing MDF so it doesn't absorb moisture

I've made frames out of mdf and there are quite a few exposed edges. How should I seal the MDF? Should I seal only the edges or seal the whole surface? Please note that these frames are to be used ...
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Does construction lumber ever dry to 6-9% MC?

I’m building a small dining table for a friend and using 2×8 SPF boards for the tabletop. They have have been sitting in my climate controlled basement for about 10 weeks now and I’m measuring MC of ...
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What is the proper humidity for a shop and how should I achieve it?

I'm off to build my own workshop for mostly woodworking projects in the (huge) basement garage of a very old house. The garage is about 5 by 30 meters(16 by 100 ft) and has a varying height of 3 to 6 ...
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Long term, what happens if I paint wet wood?

If I paint wood, for outdoor use, while it is still very wet, what problems can I expect in the long run (2-3 years)? In my specific case, I have pressure treated outdoor lumber (fir), which I ...
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How is it possible to let wood reach equilibrium moisture content?

I am trying to reconcile the following 3 points but cannot: It is extremely important to let wood sit for a while in the environment it is intended to be used in before using it for a project so that ...
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Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for 2 components of DIY Wall Stall bar?

Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for components of DIY Wall Stall bar? Maybe this list can help you help me in shortlisting. Reference list of possible woods available but may ...
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How long should I wait for staining a new deck?

I recently built a deck in my backyard with pressure treated wood and was also planning on staining it for color and weather proofing. However all of the wood came very wet, cutting through the pieces ...
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Can corner joints on a planter box that are warped and coming apart be fixed?

I bought this planter box at a yard sale for $5. I think it may not be used outside as the heat or moisture may have caused the corners to warp and come apart. Two corner joints are really bad (see ...
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How can I tell if my green wood is dry enough?

I understand different woods age at different rates and the chosen drying process itself is a factor. How can you tell if green wood, in general, has aged enough? Is there a visual aid? Do you make ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I've turned a few things green on a lathe and I expected them to to do odd things, and they warped and/or cracked. But what useful techniques are out there that this could be minimized or even ...